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Newsletter 15th May 2006
Monday 15th May 2006
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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Reducing Transport Losses in Pigs
By Aces News, University of Illinois - Losses of pigs in transport to market can be cut by as much as one-half, according to ongoing research at the University of Illinois.
A Fourfold Approach To Better Swine Management
By Alberta Pork. Pork producers have gained a reputation for being innovators in technology, environmental stewardship and other factors that have improved individual farms and advanced the industry as a whole.
Patterns of Drinking Water Use
By Michael C. Brumm, Extension Swine Specialist, Northeast Research and Extension Center. Nebraska Swine Report 2006 : The amount of drinking water needed daily by the pig depends on numerous influences, including temperature, diet, stage of production and health. Within a 24-hour period under thermal-neutral conditions, grow-finish and gestating swine demonstrate a peak in water usage in late afternoon while lactating females consume water more consistently throughout the day.
Combustion Ash Can Serve As A Mineral Supplement In Swine Diets
Dr. Todd See, Swine Genetics Specialist, North Carolina State University - To maintain optimal reproduction and throughput in a swine operation, a complete understanding of the operation and its productivity is required.
PG 600 contains the ideal FSH and LH activity for an effective fertility treatment (heat induction) in gilts, primiparous- and multiparous sows.

* Global Pig Industry News (link to all this weeks news)

  New Zealand

For sale - gene firm that brings in bacon
Goodman Fielder, the owner of PIC New Zealand, is to sell its $11 million turnover pig genetics company - despite describing it as "very profitable". PIC NZ sells breeding stock and boar semen and produces more than 40,000 pigs a year for processing by Goodman Fielder.
Pork export business takes off
A ground-breaking export venture started late last year by Five Star Pork (NZ) Ltd. is resulting in a grwoing pork export market to Singapore. General manager Carl Wills said the launch of pork exports to Singapore is the culmination of three years' work by his company and the New Zealand Pork Industry Board (NZPIB), and represents the only export venture by the New Zealand pork industry.

Raw pork import raises foot and mouth risk
The National Party questioned the effectiveness of New Zealand's border control last week following an illegal shipment of raw pork from Korea. The pork was discovered at Auckland during routine surveillance of food distributors and retailers by MAF quarantine staff who were looking for prohibited goods.


Ultrasound Shows Promise for Live Evaluation of Genetic Stock Based on Marbling
Researchers in Manitoba are striving to apply the use of ultrasound to evaluate marbling in pork through readings taken on both the live hog prior to slaughter and on the carcass after slaughter.

Western Canada's ethanol and hog industry to compete for wheat this year
The competition for wheat supplies between the ethanol industry and the hog industry in western Canada would be fierce this year with two large ethanol plants coming on-line, an analyst said.

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Autosort Weighing and Sorting Systems Offer Advantages When Phase Feeding
A research scientist with the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon has suggested this week that automated systems for weighing and sorting pigs offer great potential to help swine producers maximize the benefits of phase feeding.

  United States

Grant to help Ames firm develop pork technology
An Ames research company that developed ultrasound tests that help cattle breeders improve the taste and nutritional value of beef has been awarded an $80,000 Small Business Innovative Research grant by the USDA to develop a similar program for swine.

Crossroads for hog farm clean-up
During the 1980s and '90s, North Carolina became the second-largest "hog state" behind Iowa. And with it came environemental challanges. Lagoon systems were introduced as a cheap solution. Recently, N.C. State has been evaluating alternatives but these are proving to be costly to install and efforts to keep the process moving forward are stalling.

Scientists study nature's toolbox to identify and destroy Salmonella
Scientists have discovered beneficial viruses - tiny needle-like structures that can actually make bacteria, such as Salmonella, explode. They hope the viruses will help control Salmonella bacteria in swine waste lagoons.

Hog prices pushed higher last week
In their weekly review, Glenn Grimes and Ron Plain report that, since March, both gilt and sow slaughter has run above year-earlier levels on average. Therefore, they do not believe producers are changing the breeding herd very much in either direction. Also there is good news in that Canada's breeding herd on April 1 was down a little, and Canada's total herd on April 1 was down 2.4 percent, they say.

Farmland Foods’ Pork Processing Plants Earn Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award
Farmland Foods, Inc. has received the 2005 Governor’s Iowa Environmental Excellence Award for the company’s leadership and innovation in protecting Iowa’s natural resources.

Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy
The Pork Checkoff is presenting Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy on Wednesday, June 7 at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Survey: Meat eaters want no hormones
U.S. residents eat meat an average of 4.2 times a week, and most want assurances it was raised humanely and without antibiotics, a new survey found.

Pig operation plans to expand
Murphy Family Ventures has filed papers seeking state approval to construct its 16th sow farm in eastern Vernon County, Missouri. The farm, if approved, would have five buildings, housing 7,800 sows that could produce 170,000 pigs a year, said Mike Wyatt, vice president and director of production for Murphy Family Ventures.

Weekly Roberts Report
In his weekly agricultural US Commodity Market Report, Mike Roberts says that cash hogs were called steady to firm on Tuesday, but prices could ease later in the week if packers fill up early on carcass needs or prices top out.

Bush: Eliminate ethanol import tax
President Bush wants Congress to drop the tariff on imported ethanol to bolster supplies of the fuel additive and lower the price of gasoline.

Site Launched To Tell ‘Real’ Story Of U.S. Food System
Last week, the National Pork Producers Council joined other food and agriculture associations in launching a web site dedicated to telling the real story of the U.S. food system.

US Hog Slaughter Tracking Closely With USDA's Forecasts
U.S. weekly hog slaughter data since March 1 have been tracking closely with the USDA's projections from its March 31 quarterly hogs and pig report.

At his farm, pigs have the run of the place
At Jack Keane's farm, pigs are raised outdoors, in their natural setting, unlike the massive indoor commercial operations he used to work for. His pigs earn the title of 'natural' because they're raised outdoors, they aren't given hormones or antibiotics and their food contains no animal byproducts, such as ground-up animal bones or animal grease, he said. Natural food is a growing industry valued at $45.8 billion in 2004, according to the Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine.

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Schools sell table scraps to pig farmers
In Minnesota, Scott County schools will start using a program to recycle food waste by giving it to local farmers. The environmental coordinator for the Scott County School District says the program will help save money and be more environmentally friendly.

  Viet Nam

Alarming spread of foot-and-mouth disease in Viet Nam
Foot-and-mouth disease, which mainly affects pigs and cattle, is raging across Viet Nam, hitting 24 new provinces and cities in the last two days, the animal health department reported Thursday. It had first emerged in 17 provinces and cities Tuesday and after it spread further by Thursday, over 10,000 cattle and 12,000 pigs were discovered infected.


Germany Puts Swine Fever Controls in Place
The European Commission is to suspend the movement of all pigs and impose precautionary measures in the "Regierungs-bezirke" Arnsberg, Munster, and Dusseldorf, in North-Rhine Westphalia following a fresh outbreak of classical swine fever. The outbreak occurred on a farm in the municipality of Borken.


China Piglet Market Weekly
In this weeks China Piglet Market Weekly, eFeedLink report that prices remain weak; near-term demand seen weak in the week ending May 11. They conclude that hog raisers are not likely to increase their purchases of piglets as most continue to incur losses.

  United Kingdom

A chance to outlaw British pork identity theft
Identity theft maybe the single biggest obstacle to the recovery of the British pig industry. But the industry has the opportunity to do something about it says the NPA.

Encouraging Signs For Pig Industry
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) vision to help create a profitable and sustainable pig industry was outlined by Chief Executive Mick Sloyan at the British Pig and Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh, last week.

Artificial Insemination - Help's at hand to get it right
BPEX says it has taken another major step forward to improving the productivity of the British pig herd with the launch of an Artificial Insemination programme.

Part payments roll out to farmers
New Defra Secretary of State David Miliband has announced that, after a successful pilot of the part-payments programme, the RPA has now processed all part payments. Some 30,000 farmers will receive a part payment based on approximately 80% ot the total claim value.

Company news

Hypor's Multiplication Dealer Wins Prestigious Agriculture Award
Hypor’s multiplication dealer for northern Holland, Johnny Hogenkamp, accepted The Netherlands most prestigious agricultural award, “Agricultural Entrepreneur 2006,” on March 29, 2006 at a ceremony in Zeist.

Chinese Genes Can Boost British Pig Productivity
An extra pig a litter - worth over £100 per sow annually - could be achieved by commercial pig farmers with the use of stock containing Chinese genes. This could help put British farmers back on top of the European 'productivity league', according to international pig breeding company, ACMC.

Four million piglets benefit from oral ileitis vaccine
More than 4 million doses of Enterisol® Ileitis, the oral ileitis vaccine, have been supplied to German vets since the vaccine was launched in December 2004, said a spokesman for Boehringer Ingelheim.
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